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June 28, 2023

Microsoft plans: Make Windows 365 Cloud PCs available to consumers

According to reports, Microsoft is working on a consumer version of Windows 365, the service that already gives enterprise customers access to a Windows 11 or Windows 10 PC on any device. Microsoft revealed this new service in an internal presentation that came out during the Microsoft vs. FTC that is still ongoing.

The June 2022 presentation has many pieces that are protected, but the part about the “Modern Life strategy and priorities” indicates where Microsoft sees more Windows users reaching via the cloud in the long run.

“Move Windows 11 increasingly to the cloud: Build on Windows 365 to stream a full Windows operating system from the cloud to any device. Harness the power of the cloud and customer to enhance AI-powered services and enable full roaming of people’s digital experience,” reads the document.

With Windows 11, Microsoft is already making improvements to the Windows 365 experience for enterprise customers. The upcoming Windows 365 Boot feature, already available in a public preview now, will allow enterprise users to automatically boot into their cloud PC and pick up where they left off.

According to internal documents accessed by Zac Bowden of Windows Central, Microsoft already has a Windows 365 family subscription in mind that “allows parents to log into their children’s Cloud PCs to help with homework or play a video game together.”

Windows 365 Cloud PCs can currently be accessed on any device via a Web browser, although they are not exactly cheap. For business users, pricing starts at €31.30 per user per month for a Cloud PC with 2 virtual CPUs, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. A new consumer version would have to become much more affordable to find popularity.

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